Building an NYC for the Future

Feb 13, 2018

Dear Friend,

It seems like there’s no shortage of disturbing news coming from our nation’s capital and every day there’s another scandal emanating from the White House. I’m on the frontlines resisting this White House and fighting for the values we hold dearly in New York – diversity, equal rights, justice, and the opportunity for everyone to have a shot at the American Dream. At the same time, I’ve remained laser-focused on doing everything possible to address the challenges facing our city, especially when it comes to our infrastructure. 

New York City’s infrastructure, in particular our subways, needs major repairs and it’s not going to be cheap. That is why I’m fighting in Congress for H.R. 1664 Investing in America: A Penny for Progress Act, to make sure the federal government does its part to help. This bill would provide an additional $420 million in annual federal transit investments to New York, and another $540 million for our roads and bridges. This additional funding would go a long way to paying for the long-overdue and badly needed upgrades to our subway system, bridges, tunnels, and roads. 

Since coming to Congress, I’ve secured more than $10 billion in federal funds for our city’s bridges, tunnels, subways, coastline, waterways, and railroads. As a result of these investments, we’ve seen some real, tangible results that are making a huge difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers. 

After nearly a century of being talked about, the first phase of the Second Avenue Subway opened just over a year ago and it’s been a huge success, carrying nearly 200,000 riders on day one and relieving overcrowding on the 4,5, and 6 lines. This would never have happened without the $1.3 billion in federal funding I secured and I’m now working on the funding for full-build to extend the line north to 125th Street and south to Hanover Square. 

Between Brooklyn and Queens, thanks to $670 million in federal funds I helped obtain, the first span of the new Kosciuszko Bridge is now complete, and where the worst bridge in our city once stood, there now is the most state-of –the-art. In the second phase, which will be done by 2019, a second span will rise next to the first and when it’s completed we will have a nine-lane bridge plus a bike and pedestrian path, as well as new parks on either side of the bridge in both Queens and Brooklyn. 

As many of you know, we’re still dealing with the damage that Superstorm Sandy caused to our city. I fought to secure more than $5 billion in federal funding for the MTA to pay for Sandy-related repairs to our subway system, including the badly damaged L Train tunnel. The closure of this tunnel for repairs, while necessary, will caused severe disruptions. My staff and I are working closely with the L Train Coalition and we are in constant contact with the MTA about the tunnel repair plans and how the MTA plans to make sure that all of us who rely on the L Train can still reach our destinations. We recently had the first meeting between the L Train Coalition, MTA, and Department of Transportation (DOT) to address specific problems with the mitigation plan in Brooklyn.  We expect to have regular meetings during the lead-up to the shutdown and beyond.  Similarly, I’ve participated in meetings regarding the impacts in Manhattan, where buses will be asked to move people along 14th Street while the L Train is out of commission.  In addition, thanks to our advocacy, the MTA and DOT have been holding a series of public meetings in both Manhattan and Brooklyn to explain their plans. 

One Washington update that I think everyone can be pleased with is that just last week, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee agreed to my request to launch an investigation into the Larry Nassar scandal and how this despicable child molester was able to get away with abusing more than 160 girls for over 20 years. We need to get to the bottom of how this was allowed to happen so that we make can enact the necessary changes to ensure it never happens again. The Committee leaders and I have demanded information from the key organizations that oversaw Mr. Nassar – the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics, Michigan State University, and more. This is just the beginning and I will keep you updated on our progress.

As always, your concerns are my top priority. You can read more about these efforts and other work I have been doing below. Please feel free to reach out to me via email here and also connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I look forward to hearing from you.


Carolyn B. Maloney

Member of Congress


Curbed: Impending L Train Shutdown is Still Causing Anxiety Among New Yorkers

Rep. Maloney with Andy Byford, President of the New York City Transit Authority at the L Train Open House on January 24 where they discussed the impact of the L Train shutdown on New Yorkers.

On January 24, I attended the first L Train open house in Brooklyn. It was great to see so many people from community who had come to get some details about the L Train shutdown, and ask important questions. I had the opportunity to meet the new NYC Transit President Andy Byford and express to him how important this issue is to all of us in New York’s 12th District. The MTA has been hosting a total of four of these open houses to explain the plan and they are willing to answer any concerns. I encourage anyone who will be impacted by the shutdown to come to the last of these open house this coming Wednesday, February 14th from 5pm-8pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Bernard's Church on 14th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues in Manhattan. 

Read more here.

Observer: Can Google and Goodwill Turn New York City into the Next Silicon Valley?

Reps. Maloney, Crowley, and Khanna at a Grow with Google session at Goodwill Industries of New York and New Jersey, discussing the importance of job training and job growth for New York's techonology sector.


The tech industry is booming here in Queens, but businesses often struggle to identify trained workers to fill open jobs. That is why Grow with Google, which trains workers to have the skills needed in tech jobs, is such an amazing resource for the borough, and our entire city. Its partnership with Goodwill Industries of New York and New Jersey, the largest workforce development organization in the United States, which I am proud is headquartered in my district,is a match made in heaven.

Read more here.

NBC News: Women Lawmakers Want USA Gymnastics Investigated After Nassar Sex Abuse Scandal

NBC News reports that a gymnastics coach reported Nassar's abuse in June 2015.

While Mr. Nassar has been brought to justice, albeit belatedly, we must investigate the systemic failure that enabled him to commit these horrific abuses over so many years, and ensure that the necessary changes are made to protect all students, athletes, and patients in the future. Mr. Nassar’s trial was only the first phase in finding justice. We owe each of his victims, and every young athlete in these programs, a thorough and comprehensive investigation.

Read more here.

Coin World: U.S. Mint Introduces its First Pink Gold Coin with Breast Cancer Awareness $5 Half Eagle

The design of the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin.

This January, I had the honor of attending the first strike ceremony of the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin.

I authored the bill to so that we could raise much needed funding for breast cancer research at no cost to taxpayers. Not only will sales of these coins help spread awareness, they also have the potential to raise up to $8 million in private funds for breast cancer research. One in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, and the only way for us to eradicate this deadly disease is through research. This coin program takes us another step closer to finding a cure.

Read more about the first strike ceremony at the US Mint.


Huff Post: House Democrats Push to End 'Corporate Culture of Secrecy' Around Sexual Harassment

Rep. Maloney addresses the press as she introduces two new bills to combat workplace sexual discrimination, harassment, and assault.

“With total secrecy, companies have absolutely no incentive to focus on preventing sexual misconduct if they know they will never be held accountable. But with these two bills, we flip the incentive structure from one of cover-up to one of prevention,” Maloney told reporters. 

Read more here.

NY1: Lawmakers Call for Gas Tax Increase to Finish Second Ave Subway

Reps. Maloney and Espaillat announce their support for a bill to raised the gas tax by 1 cent to help pay for new infrastructure projects, like extending the Second Avenue Subway.


The first phase of the Second Avenue Subway has been a resounding success but New Yorkers shouldn’t have to wait another century for the full line to be built. This new subway line wouldn’t have been built without the $1.3 billion in federal funding I helped secure. Congressman Espaillat and I are now working together to increase federal funding for new transit projects so that when Phase 2 is eligible, it won’t have to wait years for the $2 billion federal investment it will need.

Read more about the proposal here.


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